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    How exactly does it affect nurses? I've heard there are shortages of nurses all across the country, particularly the West coast. And was wondering if those shortages are due to the recent news about Obamacare.

    Nurses are having a hard time finding work after graduating- a scary thought for anyone looking into nursing. There's obviously more than one underlying cause, but can anyone please shed some light on the situation?

    Thanks!
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    More likely the shortage of nurses disappeared because when the economy tanked causing many, many nurses who had not working as nurses to return to nursing and/or go from part time to full time.
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    Quote from Topher53
    How exactly does it affect nurses? I've heard there are shortages of nurses all across the country, particularly the West coast. And was wondering if those shortages are due to the recent news about Obamacare.

    Nurses are having a hard time finding work after graduating- a scary thought for anyone looking into nursing. There's obviously more than one underlying cause, but can anyone please shed some light on the situation?

    Thanks!
    You do realize "Obamacare" doesn't really go into full affect until 2014. As a RN and a current NP student I believe that government healthcare will increase the amount of Americans seeking healthcare in all settings. NP's and other primary care providers are going to be in very high demand because right now most uninsured patients are not able to afford to utilize primary care. Hospitals will also see an influx of the formerly uninsured coming in for elective procedures they could not previously afford. Overall, I believe job prospects will increase because of Obamacare
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    The Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with a lack of nurses. The so-called "nursing shortage" began more than a decade ago:

    Nursing Shortage Is Over in U.S. Until Retirement Glut Hits - Bloomberg

    The Affordable Care Act will (arguably) increase employment for healthcare workers:

    How Does Obamacare Impact Healthcare Jobs | First Choice Emergency Room: ER Clinics in Dallas, Houston and Austin
    Not_A_Hat_Person and somenurse like this.
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    Quote from marinelayer
    The Affordable Care Act
    This. Not ObamaCare. More specifically The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    KelRN215, OCNRN63, tewdles, and 1 other like this.
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    I'm starting to feel like the nursing shortage only applies to New grads. Even tho I'm still in school I've seen numerous job openings but req atleast some sort of years experience. Just my thoughts. Also that lack of insurance n self treating plays a role too.
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    Quote from SUNFL0WER
    ...The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    That is quite a catchy (albeit long) name, and this indeed what counts.
    SC_RNDude likes this.
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    Quote from marinelayer
    The Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with a lack of nurses. The so-called "nursing shortage" began more than a decade ago:

    Nursing Shortage Is Over in U.S. Until Retirement Glut Hits - Bloomberg

    The Affordable Care Act will (arguably) increase employment for healthcare workers:

    How Does Obamacare Impact Healthcare Jobs | First Choice Emergency Room: ER Clinics in Dallas, Houston and Austin
    Thank YOU!!! (HUGS) keep posting the truth...sometimes it's an uphill battle explaining the opportunities of solutions in the middle of an economic mess (that started 30 years before and just exploded)...Thank You again!!!!
    somenurse likes this.
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    Quote from ChristineN
    You do realize "Obamacare" doesn't really go into full affect until 2014. As a RN and a current NP student I believe that government healthcare will increase the amount of Americans seeking healthcare in all settings. NP's and other primary care providers are going to be in very high demand because right now most uninsured patients are not able to afford to utilize primary care. Hospitals will also see an influx of the formerly uninsured coming in for elective procedures they could not previously afford. Overall, I believe job prospects will increase because of Obamacare
    The formerly uninsured will be coming in for elective procedures? I don't see that insurance companies or the government will be in any big rush to pay for more people's elective procedures.
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    Quote from SC_RNDude
    The formerly uninsured will be coming in for elective procedures? I don't see that insurance companies or the government will be in any big rush to pay for more people's elective procedures.
    I certainly know of a few people who will seek medical intervention for problems that they have not had coverage for...

    a torn rotator cuff, a torn meniscus are examples of needs that people put off until they have insurance to help them pay for the interventions (surgery)...until then they struggle with pain and functional losses.


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